Fine Gael TD for Limerick and Member of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee, Dan Neville is currently visiting Malawi and South Africa with his fellow committee members. This follows President Higgin’s visit last November and forms part of Ireland’s ongoing engagement with Malawi and Africa.
“I am privileged to have the opportunity to visit Malawi and South Africa, and to learn more about the depth of the relationship between Ireland and Malawi. This relationship primarily involves our development programme but increasingly includes political engagement.
“There are some 100 Irish persons registered with the Embassy, mainly working in the NGO community with a small number of resident missionaries and business people.
“During this visit I will be meeting with the Heads of the Irish NGOs based in this region including Goal, Trocaire, Self Help Africa and Concern Worldwide.
“I will be visiting a wide range of the projects supported by Irish Aid and will be meeting with a number of farmers groups, as well as community rights committees.
“In South Africa I will be meeting with some Irish businesses and I will also be discussing gender issues in Africa with the Gender Justice Network.
“Irish people have given generously to charities in Africa for many years. This is an opportunity for me to learn about the communities who have received this support. Many Malawian and South African people are currently living in Ireland so this is a chance for me to experience their homelands.
“I am sure that this trip will prove valuable in my work as a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs.”